Kigali, Rwanda

City of Kigali

Radisson Blu Hotel & Kigali Convention Center

Fast Facts - Rwanda Convention Bureau

Practical Information - Visit Rwanda

General Safety Measures and Information:

Crime: The level of crime is relatively low. However, petty theft from cars and hotel rooms occurs. Pickpockets are active in crowded places. House break-ins have occurred in Kigali.

  • Remain alert to your surroundings
  • Ensure that your belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
  • Don’t show signs of affluence
  • Don’t venture out alone or travel outside major cities after dark

Precautions

  • Avoid walking alone, especially after dark. 
  • Do not display cash and valuables.
  • Maintain caution in areas frequented by foreigners.  
  • Drive with doors locked and windows closed. 
  • Always carry a photocopy of your passport and visa. Keep original documents in a secure location.
  • Victims of Crime: If you are in immediate danger, your first call should be to the Rwandan police through the emergency hotline number 112. Report crimes to the Rwanda National Police at 078-831-1124. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime. 

LGBTQI+ Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTQI+ events in Rwanda. However, LGBTQI+ individuals may face societal discrimination and abuse, including harassment by neighbors and police. 

Photography:  Photographing military sites, government buildings, airports, and public monuments is prohibited. 

Plastic shopping and grocery bags are banned and may be confiscated upon arrival.

Travelers with Disabilities: Rwandan law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical, sensory, and intellectual or mental disabilities, though enforcement is not common. Social acceptance of persons with disabilities in public is not as prevalent as in the United States. Expect accessibility to be limited in public transportation, lodging, communication/information, and general infrastructure.  Access to transportation, lodging, and public buildings is limited, though newly constructed buildings in Kigali have improved facilities, including elevators. Sidewalks are not common outside of Kigali and do not include curb-cuts.

Women Travelers: The situation for women isn’t too dangerous, and they will probably feel pretty safe in Rwanda. Still, they are advised to apply all precaution measures they would in any other country. Do not find yourself in dark or deserted streets or poorly lit areas, don’t roam around at night unaccompanied and avoid bars and clubs altogether.